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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977

42nd Annual
Powell Street Festival
This weekend!!
August 4+5, 2018
11:30am to 7:00pm
Oppenheimer Park + Surrounding Areas

View the festival schedule here!

The Tashme Project

Zack Davisson

Banana Bread

Kisyuu Japanese Calligrapher


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Oppenheimer Park
(400 block of Powell Street)
Firehall Arts Centre
(280 E. Cordova Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School + Japanese Hall
(475 Alexander Street)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple
(220 Jackson Avenue)
Centre A Gallery 
(205-268 Keefer Street)

View our full print Festival program here!!

Download our PDF two day Festival schedule here!

The Schedule


The Venues + Detailed Map

Children’s Tent

Food Booths

Craft Booths


Community Booths



Getting Here + Bike Valet

Where to Stay


Zero Waste Campaign




Tatasuya Nakatani

Soramaru Takayama

We are thrilled to announce the lineup of performers for the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival featuring a wide variety of local and international talent. One of the many musical highlights is virtuoso percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who, along with the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (a 14-person gong ensemble), kicks off his B.C. tour at the festival. Other international guests include Seattle's sadgrrlrocker Emma Lee Toyoda and Osaka's KARAKORO performing creative and traditional eisa based on classical Okinawan performing arts. Katari TaikoKaya Kurz, and The Sakura Singers are just a few of the local festival favourites returning this year.

Works from acclaimed visual artists Chiharu Mizukawa and Nao Uda will be on display at the Centre A gallery in its new location at #205-268 Keefer Street. The exhibition will feature Chiharu’s stunningly detailed paintings made using only water, paper, and fire, and Nao’s photographs of Japanese Canadian history in Canada.

A Japanese Canadian young actors forum hosted by the Hapa-palooza festival will include Vancouver’s Koyu Rankin known for his breakout role as Atari in Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs”.

Literary events will include presentations by writer and manga translator Zack Davissonnovelist, poet, and playwright Terry Watada; and Vancouver’s own Soramaru Takayama.


Above images: Emma Lee Toyoda and Nao Uda
Volunteer with Powell Street Festival!!

The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment.

We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and family, and get behind the scenes of this vibrant and special event.

The Festival is this coming weekend, Aug 4 and 5 from 11:30 am to 7 pm. 

Official Scheduling for the 2018 Powell Street Festival is closed as of July 29th. Please consider coming to our Volunteer Booth (next to the Fieldhouse) at Oppenheimer Park to drop-in as a volunteer at our areas of highly needed help:
Floater (August 4th, August 5th, 11 - 3pm, 3 - 7pm)
Thursday Load-Out (Vancouver Buddhist Temple, Aug 2; 6 - 9pm)
Sunday Take-Down (August 5th, 7 - 9pm)
Monday Load In (Vancouver Buddhist Temple, Aug 6; 10am - 3pm)

Simply drop in to volunteer at these shifts! Arrive at the volunteer booth in Oppenheimer Park 15 minutes before your desired shift!
Or sign-up to volunteer here.

Download our Volunteer Handbook for more detailed information on Volunteering at the PSFS.
You must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer.

More info....


Nakatani Gong Orchestra
British Columbia Tour

August 4th, 3-3:30pm, RSVP, Free
FireHall Arts Theatre, 280 E. Cordova St, Vancouver, BC

August 5th, 3:30-4pm, RSVP, Free
VJLS Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC

August 12th, 7pm, Tickets, $10 + fees
The Point Artist Run Center, 5678 Alta Lake Rd. Whistler, BC

August 16th, 7pm, Tickets, $12 - 15 + fees
527 Walker's Landing Road, Kootenay Bay

August 18th, 7pm, Tickets, $12 - 15 + fees
150 Orchard Avenue, Penticton, BC

August 19th, 7:30pm, Tickets, $15 +fees
Silverton Gallery, Silverton, BC


The Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) is Tatsuya Nakatani’s large ensemble nomadic sound art project. Consisting of 17 of Nakatani’s adapted Gongs played with his handmade bows, it is the only bowed Gong Orchestra in the world. Local players from each community are brought together for a technique workshop and rehearsal with Nakatani before he conducts them in a public performance of his improvised harmonic composition. Through hundreds of performances, thousands of participants and audience members have been involved in creating these transformative art works.

Space is limited, so get your tickets soon!

PSFS Annual Members get 10% off their tickets. Use your membership discount code upon checkout. If you don't know your membership discount code, please email

Karakasa Obake

Karakasa Obake installation is the winner of the 3rd Annual Design Competition for Powell Street Festival Society. The submission was created by Simon Fraser University art students: Jana Ghimire, Phoebe Huang, Haylee Marx, Elisha Wang, and Carmen Wong.  The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget, and mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects.

The Karakasa Obake installation is an oversized Japanese umbrella that takes the form of a trickster spirit with one eye and one foot. The concept incorporates tsukumogami, a word used to describe objects and tools that develop spirits after being used for hundreds of years; and the practice of using recycled materials during the internment of Japanese Canadians to create wagasa, traditional paper folding. 

The Design Competition for Powell Street Festival is a partnership between PSFS, Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects and is financially supported by Hapa Collaborative, PFS Studio, Entuitive and Revery Architecture, as well as several private donors. 

More info....

Community Events

13th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

August 18, 2017
10 am to 2 pm
at Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street)

on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Register or contact us at admin [at] or 604 739 9388.

Join the Powell Street Festival Society, Oppenheimer Park & Carnegie Community Centre, and the Kikiai Collaborative at Oppenheimer Park for the 13th Annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game! The opening ceremony includes a tribute to the legendary Vancouver Asahi Baseball Team. Following this, community ball teams play a Round Robin style tournament (total 3 games) and then enjoy a free lunch of hot dogs and corn on the cob. This event is free and open to everyone – all ages, genders and skill-levels!

The Vancouver Asahi were a Japanese Canadian baseball team that played in the Powell Street area, a historically Japanese Canadian community, from 1914 to 1941. Their home field was Oppenheimer Park.

We play baseball in recognition of the Vancouver Asahi for their contribution to the sport of baseball (the team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005), and for their place in and impact on the history of Canada, human and citizenship rights, and community-building.

The 13th Annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game is a free, inclusive, and family-friendly place to play ball, eat hot dogs, and come together for some summer fun!

Japanese Canadian
Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Visit to check it out.

Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

For an additional $12, get discounts are great local businesses including Coconama ChocolateCatfe, Tama Organic Life, and of course Powell Street Festival Society! 

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Read about membership benefits here!

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